Ex-Warriors coach Luke Walton accused of sexual assault by reporter

A female sports reporter has accused new Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexual assault in a lawsuit.

Citing legal documents, TMZ reported Monday night that Kelli Tennant is suing Walton, who was a Warriors assistant coach at the time of the alleged incident. TMZ reported that Tennant claims she went to Walton’s hotel room to discuss a book she was writing when Walton pinned her to the bed, forcibly kissed her and groped her.

The incident allegedly happened before Walton became coach of the Lakers in 2016 and while Tennant worked for Sportsnet LA. No date was given for the alleged assault.

The Warriors released this statement Monday night: “We became aware of the alleged incident and story this evening and are in the process of seeking more information. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Tennant’s lawyer declined to say whether she reported the alleged assault to police.

Walton was let go by the Lakers earlier this month and hired by the Kings.

The Kings say they are aware of the report and gathering additional information. The team had no other comment.

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